Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 30, 2019 China: Labour Rights Journalists Feared to be Victims of Torture On April 20, two of the three labour journalists detained earlier this year in Guangzhou were placed under a special detention system that is often associated with torture. PHOTO: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsViolence ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsViolence April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Wei Zhili and Ke Chengbing, both editors of labour rights news outlet iLabour.net who were arrested in March in the south-eastern Chinese city of Guangzhou, have been under “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL) since Saturday, April 20, according to their families. This detention system, that is supposed to handle individuals who pose a threat to national security, deprives detainees of their legal rights and is very often associated with torture.“These journalists are in no way enemies of the state and only did their job by reporting on labour conditions in China”, said Cédric Alviani, the head of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau, who called on the Chinese authorities to “end the repeated violations against press freedom, a constitutional right in China, and immediately release all detained journalists and bloggers.”Since its enactment in 2013, RSDL has claimed thousands of persons, including many journalists and bloggers, who disappeared for a period of up to six months without access to a lawyer or medical care. Australian blogger Yang Hengjun, Chinese journalists Wang Xiaolu and Zhen Jianghua have all fallen victim to the system. A compilation of first-hand accounts by former detainees of the RSDL system can be found in “The People’s Republic of the Disappeared”, published in 2017.Wei and Ke were first detained by police on March 20 after their investigation into the life-threatening working conditions of local factories. The online publication’s editor-in-chief, Yang Zhengjun, has also been detained by police since January.In China, more than 65 journalists and bloggers are currently detained in conditions that pose a threat to their lives. The country fell further down to 177 out of 180 in the 2019 RSF Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on China
Ben Carson Disaster Relief FEMA Flood Insurance HUD hurricane harvey small business administration 2017-11-17 David Wharton Related Articles What the HUD Cash Infusion Means for Underinsured Texans in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Tallying the Foreclosure Damage Next: Law Firm’s New Ownership Shatters Florida Legal Glass Ceiling The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / What the HUD Cash Infusion Means for Underinsured Texans Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago November 17, 2017 1,627 Views Tagged with: Ben Carson Disaster Relief FEMA Flood Insurance HUD hurricane harvey small business administration Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The state of Texas will receive more than $5 billion in new disaster relief funding thanks to a new grant awarded today by HUD. During a press conference today in Austin, Texas, HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude and Governor Greg Abbott announced that $5.024 billion in relief were headed deep into the heart of Texas, courtesy of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.HUD Secretary Ben Carson said:As President Trump has said from the beginning, the whole federal family is with the people of Texas to help them recover from this devastating storm as quickly as possible. HUD will work with Governor Abbott and his staff to do whatever is needed to rebuild damaged homes and to restore shuttered businesses in some of the hardest-hit areas of the State.Governor Abbott said:The urgency with which our federal partners are addressing the needs of Texans following Harvey is exactly what is needed to help them rebuild their lives. I thank Secretary Carson, Deputy Secretary Patenaude, and the Trump Administration for working on behalf of Texans who have been hardest hit and in need of immediate aid. Our goal from the start has been work in conjunction with federal and local leaders to help Texans repair and rebuild as quickly as possible, and this funding is a good start that brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.This grant follows on President Trump’s September 8 signing of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017, which set aside $7.4 billion in funding for major 2017 disasters. HUD is responsible for dispensing the funds, based “the number of seriously damaged homes lacking adequate insurance and businesses that failed to qualify for SBA’s disaster loan program,” as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration.HUD determined that over 230,000 homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, of which approximately 65,000 and more than 4,000 businesses are not adequately covered by insurance or other programs.Texas Senator John Cornyn said:Texans hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey face unprecedented hurdles as they rebuild their homes and businesses, and these funds will help them move forward after the storm. I’m grateful for the support Texas has received from Secretary Carson, and I look forward to continuing my work with Senator Cruz, the Texas delegation, and Governor Abbott to ensure Texans aren’t left behind. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
Harvard’s Office for Sustainability (OFS) is reaching out to students from a variety of backgrounds — everyone from visual artists to musicians to staunch environmental advocates — to involve them in a variety of sustainability initiatives this spring. The most recent projects include drawing cartoons on sustainable practices around campus and performing for this year’s Green Carpet Awards. Students interested in entering the drawing competition may submit cartoons on an environmental topic of their choice to OFS’s CERtoon Contest — winning submissions will be posted in FAS buildings on campus and the artist will receive an award.For those who enjoy living in the limelight, OFS is recruiting student groups to perform at the 2nd Annual Green Carpet Awards, a ceremony for students and faculty who have made significant environmental contributions to the University’s sustainability goals. The event will take place in Sanders Theatre in April. All interested students and student groups should visit http://green.harvard.edu/. Applications are due throughout February.By Rebecca Elliott’ 14
Bangkok: Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) produced another lion-hearted performance to enter the finals along with three other Indians in the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok on Thursday. Deepak Singh (49kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) joined Bisht in the men’s finals, while Pooja Rani (75kg) advanced in the women’s draw in the early session of the marquee event’s last-four stage. Settling for bronze medals were veteran L Sarita Devi (60kg) and last edition’s silver-medallist Manisha (54kg). It was a positive start to the day for India with national champion Deepak advancing to the final without exchanging a single blow after getting a walkover from Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov due to injury. It was a second successive walkover to the Indian. Next up was Bisht, who had upstaged reigning world champion Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan in his quarterfinal contest. He was up against Mongolian Enkh-Amar Khakhuu and was aggression personified. Willing to risk a few blows, the quick-moving Bisht stunned his rival by the sheer power of his punches and gave him a bloodied right eye in the second round.RELATED The intensity was high in the final three minutes and Khakhuu inflicted a cut over Bisht’s right eye as well. However, that was not enough to deter Bisht, who edged out Khakhuu in a split verdict. The boxer from Uttarakhand came into the tournament after a gold-winning show at the GeeBee Cup in Finland. Another high-voltage bout followed with Ashish fighting it out against Iran’s Seyedshahin Mousavi. The Indian was slow off the blocks against the sprightly Iranian, who clearly had the early momentum. But Ashish raised the bar in the second and third rounds to counter Mousavi with some precisely-placed hooks and straights. Among the women, Manisha lost to Taiwan’s Huang Hsiao-Wen, while Sarita (60kg) went down to China’s Yang Wenlu. Pooja (75kg) was up against Kazakhstan’s Fariza Sholtay and emerged triumphant in a unanimous decision. The evening line-up has Shiva Thapa (60kg), assured of an unprecedented fourth successive medal, taking on Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin, a 2015 silver-winner in the event. Last edition’s bronze-medallist and Asian Games champion Amit Panghal (52kg) and Ashish (64kg) will clash with China’s Hu Jianguan and Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov respectively. Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) has Kazakh Kamshybek Kunkabayev waiting for him. Among the women, former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) will face Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam and world silver-medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg) will take on Thaliand’s Nilwan Techasuep. National champion Simranjit Kaur (64kg) will square off against Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva. highlights Sarita Devi lost against China’s Yang Wenlu.Manisha Maun lost to Taiwan’s Huang Hsiao-Wen.Kavinder Singh Bisht came into the tournament after a gold-winning show at the GeeBee Cup in Finland. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The recurrence of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country could cause a glitch for the government not to send athletes to the Brazil Olympics.On Friday, the third flare-up was reported when a five-year-old boy, son of the woman who died last Thursday from the disease was confirmed positive with the virus.This obviously means that if Liberia is not declared free of the transmission by July, Liberia will be denied participation in Brazil.In 2014, Africans around the world – even those outside West Africa’s most affected countries, felt the brunt of Ebola, when China denied them entry into the country.Meanwhile, according to a Reuters report, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has already communicated to the Ministry of Youth and Sports – before the reoccurrence of the virus – and complained about the lack of cash and fear over the Zikar virus outbreak in Brazil.The Finance’s letter, dated March 21 was addressed to Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr relating to a request for the approval of $151,882 to send Liberian delegation to the Brazil Olympics Games.“Given the current fiscal position of the Government … we are (unable) to grant this request at this time,” read the letter, obtained by Reuters and authenticated by a sports ministry official.“It is important to note that Brazil is currently battling the Zika epidemic … and given our recent experience with Ebola, it will be public health risk to send (athletes) to that part of the world,” it said.Philipbert Brown, president of Liberia’s Olympic committee, said he had not yet seen the letter.The Zika virus is believed to be linked to an explosion in cases of microcephaly among infants in Brazil. The government says 1.5 million people may have been infected nationwide.The United States-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women against travel to the summer games but the World Health Organization said the outbreak should neither affect international travel nor bar a successful Olympics.The Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) submitted US$151,000 budget to the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the 2016 Rio Olympics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Google has launched its own augmented reality kit for developers, called ARCore, a lighter version of the company’s Tango platform that does not require any specialized hardware to run.ARCore is a light software development kit, similar to Apple’s ARkit, which is able to track motion, understand flat surfaces, and estimate where the light will be for accurate shadows.See Also: Glass restarted after two years in the darkThe SDK is currently available on Android 7.0 Nougat and its successor Android Oreo. It will work on the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Google is aiming for 100 million supported devices by the end of the year, according to The Verge.Google has been working on Project Tango for three years now, launching specialized smartphones with Lenovo and Asus. The devices had depth perception functionality, because of the dual-cameras, creating the “six degrees of freedom” found on high-end virtual reality (VR) headsets.Not a lot of consumer interest yetWhile the project attracted developer attention, the two devices launched didn’t receive consumer interest. Google is now looking at ARCore as a possible bridge for consumers that are interested in augmented reality, but don’t want to spend $500 on a single purpose smartphone.Google did not say if it plans to launch an ARCore supported Glass device in the near future.Like Apple’s ARkit, Google’s demos have focused on animated objects appearing on surfaces and interior design. IKEA is building a new app that will show its entire catalogue in AR on iOS.As its Google, there is an obvious ulterior motive to making AR easily accessible, visual search. In the future, a user may be able to pull out their phone and see information on businesses in the street, alongside featured stores and offers. Apple has already patented a similar idea. Related Posts Tags:#Android#Apple#AR#ARCore#ARkit#Augmented Reality#featured#Google#mobile#Pixel#Samsung#Tango#top AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging … Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… David Curry
After losing superstar Kawhi Leonard in free agency last month, it’s highly unlikely that the Raptors will repeat as NBA champions in 2020. But on some level, Leonard’s departure could make Toronto the league’s most interesting club this season.The team was an impressive 17-5 during the regular season1Although it’s worth pointing out that the Kawhi-less Raptors were 13-0 against teams that failed to reach the postseason, while going just 4-5 against clubs that made the playoffs. when Leonard sat out. The Raptors play in the weaker of the two conferences, and might be looking at an Eastern Conference in which three or four rosters, at most, will enter the campaign clearly more fortified than their own. Forward Pascal Siakam showed signs last year of being a burgeoning star and now, without the ball-dominant Leonard, will likely be asked to do far more on the offensive end.There’s an additional aspect of the Raptors worth watching. The team has a number of solid vets on the team who are headed into the final season of their contracts, leaving Toronto in a spot where it could push as far as possible for a playoff run, or, if its ceiling becomes obvious, pivot and trade to bolster their future.If Toronto is to exceed expectations again, Siakam — the league’s Most Improved Player — would almost certainly have to take another step (or spin move) forward by becoming the team’s No. 1 offensive option. And while there are some metrics that inspire confidence on that front — his field-goal percentage last season, for example, was almost as good without Leonard on the court as it was with him2It was just over 55 percent when Siakam shared the floor with him, and 54 percent when Leonard was on the sideline. — there are a handful of things to look for, and perhaps even some reasons to doubt that another seismic leap is on the way. For starters, his usage rate last season, at just under 21 percent, was one of the NBA’s lowest among those who averaged 15 or more points per game. His usage will almost certainly need to increase, which could then dent his efficiency. (As a sidenote: This concept is what made Leonard’s ascent in San Antonio so incredible. His usage spiked, but he was somehow just as efficient despite taking on more offensive responsibility.)Though it seems easy enough to accept the notion that Siakam will need to shoot more, it’s worth considering at least two more things. First, he’ll likely see each team’s best defender now that Leonard is gone; and secondly, without Leonard, he won’t be able to play off the ball as much.The second factor is significant because of where Siakam is most comfortable shooting. He developed into a solid 3-point shooter from the corners — where he could hang out while sharing the floor with Leonard and All-Star Kyle Lowry — last year, at better than 41 percent. But Toronto’s need for him to handle the ball,3Related in all this: The 33-year-old Lowry has set career-lows in free-throw rate each of the last two seasons, perhaps an indication that he’s been less aggressive the past couple years as he’s beginning to age. especially in screen-and-roll scenarios, will likely put Siakam at the top of the key more often, which complicates things since he shot just 27 percent from above the arc, tied for the NBA’s 10th-worst mark.4Of those who took at least 50 such shots.If Siakam isn’t quite ready for the role of a lead scorer night in and night out, it helps that the Raptors are a team that often thrived without relying too heavily on one player throughout most of the 2018-19 regular season. Of course, Leonard was an enormous part of that and picked up all the necessary slack come playoff time. But no other club enjoyed such a variety of players driving to the basket. Backup point guard Fred VanVleet shone in the later stages of the postseason and can play with the starters at times to help ease the ball-handling responsibilities on Siakam and Lowry.One other key in all this: Toronto may not have to score all that much. Yes, Leonard and Danny Green were huge contributors to the Raptors, who ranked in the top five in effective field goal percentage defense. But even without those two, Toronto enjoys a pretty solid defensive core that can still orchestrate switches (they were this postseason’s most efficient switch defense by a mile) and reliably step up in help scenarios, while Lowry is one of the best charge-takers in the game. OG Anunoby, who missed the playoffs after an emergency appendectomy, will be integral in replacing Green on that end. Aside from him, Toronto picked up a pair of free-agent wings in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson, who underwhelmed in their initial stops after being taken in the first round of the 2015 draft, but are low-risk gambles for a team that’s looking for more young talent to put around Siakam.In a way, Hollis-Jefferson and Johnson being under the microscope is emblematic of the team as a whole. Team president Masai Ujiri is going to want to take constant stock of just how good this team is to get a sense of how he should handle things come February, when his phone figures to be ringing off the hook ahead of the trade deadline. Lowry, VanVleet, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are all set to be free agents next summer,5Potentially leaving Toronto with considerable cap space next July and could appeal to teams seeking to make the sort of magical run Toronto did last season.Barring an injury or something else unforeseen, the Raptors should still have more than enough to make the playoffs this season. FiveThirtyEight’s projection model gives them an 85 percent probability of reaching the postseason, and a 4 percent chance of reaching the NBA Finals. But it will be even more interesting to see exactly where Ujiri’s dividing line falls, between deciding that it’s worth pursuing another deep playoff run versus selling off assets to pivot toward the future.
Juventus defender Alex Sandro announced he would like to play Premier League football one dayThe Brazil international is widely regarded as one of the world’s top left-backs and has linked with switches to Chelsea and Manchester United.Now Sandro has revealed a desire to try his luck out in the English top-flight before the end of his playing days.“I think, one day, who knows what will happen?” said Sandro, according to Fox Sports.“I have a desire to play in the Premier League but right now I am very happy where I am at, the club I am at, the league I am playing in.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“So today my only thought is to continue where I am because that’s where I feel happy.”Sandro has provided two assists in Juventus’ opening 12 Serie A games this season.The unbeaten Italian leaders will be back in action this Saturday at home to SPAL.Meanwhile, Sandro will likely feature in Brazil’s friendly with Cameroon tonight in Milton Keynes with kick-off to begin at 20:30 (CET).
Kolkata: Four school students were injured after a crude bomb exploded at Paddapukur Park in Entally on Tuesday afternoon.Police said some of the students from a nearby school came to play in the area during the recess. One of the injured victims told the police that two unidentified persons came to the spot and handed over a crude bomb to one of them by asking him to dispose it. The victims are all teenagers and residents of nearby area.When one of the victims tried to dispose the bomb, it suddenly went off and this resulted in serious injuries on the children. The victims were playing at the park when the accident took place. The boy who received the bomb suffered serious injuries. Three others who were also there received injuries. The incident triggered tension among locals. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter hearing the sound of bomb blast, locals rushed to the spot. They rescued the injured victims and rushed them to a nearby hospital for treatment. According to police, one of the teenagers suffered splinter injuries on his neck and other parts of his body. The two accused who handed over the bomb to one of the victims fled the spot after the incident. Police are trying to identify the accused and conducting raids to nab the culprits.Cops are trying to ascertain the reason as to why the accused handed over the crude bomb to school students. They are probing if local miscreants are involved in the incident. In a few previous incidents, miscreants hurled bombs in the Entally area. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that some local criminals might have be involved in the incident. All the injured victims have been undergoing treatment at a hospital. Their health condition is stated to be stable now.